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Obama campaign ad

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by a k, Oct 21, 2008.

  1. habanero

    habanero New Member

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    No Doubt - I never noticed the "Showcases" tab. I guess the money spent for the ads is wasted on me too.
    I did notice the ads on XBOX Live games though. ;)
     
  2. LarryFlowers

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    My issue would not be the delay but that fact that the World Series is being played in late October! The Babe is rolling over in his grave!

    I agree with this, lets put all political campaign ads in the showcase or even provide the candidates with a couple of National channels to spout their spiel on... makes it real easy to ignore that way!
     
  3. MRinDenver

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    Just two more weeks.
     
  4. MattWarner

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    ...until they start talking about the 2012 election. :scratchin
     
  5. Starchy77

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    I hear this argument a lot - unfortunately the 2 candidates are using different methods to receive campaign money (McCain has supported campaign finance reform) which makes the ability of what the 2 candidates are able to spend quite a bit different from each other.
     
  6. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    Please do not discuss anything political, including campaign finance reform. If this thread goes political, I will have to close it.
     
  7. mx6bfast

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    Delray...
    The WS can go a max of 7 games for up to 5 hours of coverage average. How many other days/hours in the year are there to show the ad? The election is important, but so is the WS. It's not like there were not other times the spam could run.
     
  8. fluffybear

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    Peachtree...
    Allowing an infommercial to dictate start times of major events. Say what you want, this is a paid infommercial and under no circumstances should any event be altered to accommodate it 's airing.

    Television time-out's,etc. are understandable and yes, are necessary but giving in this single time set's a precedent that you can buy network time and scheduled events will be modified in accordance.
     
  9. fluffybear

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    Peachtree...
    Not to mention, this infommercial could have been scheduled for 30 minutes earlier (better yet 2am in the morning) thus not affecting a thing.
     
  10. Tom Robertson

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    Some days I think in absolutes: "How dare 'they' (whomever they are this week), move the WS?"

    Then, some days I think how silly. It's only 8 minutes. Everyone is being served; Fox wanted to show the political infomercial, the WS might have lost out on viewers, it was likely difficult to move the paid ad by 30 minutes, but delaying the WS for only 8 minutes is easy. (Do they ever start on time anyway?) :)

    Right now I see a group of people working together to resolve some difficult choices. Obama didn't need Fox; but the WS and Fox didn't want to go head to head with his commercial. And Fox really wanted the both the commercial and the WS.

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
  11. Drew2k

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    Don't the networks and local stations have certain requirements they must accept political advertisements? There are fair-play rules as well that I'm sure they have to follow. Fox may not want to delay the WS game, but they have to. And for those 8 minutes, you can always make a sandwich or something. :)
     
  12. fluffybear

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    Peachtree...


    or would it be that vast numbers in these key states would have turned off the infommercial in favor of the WS?
     
  13. Tom Robertson

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    That is not how Fox described their interest in wanting to carry the ad. (Or in wanting the $$ for the ad...) :)
     
  14. jahgreen

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    The real problem is that the World Series is being played at night on October 29! I am really looking forward to Game 7 being played some year in November in the middle of a snow storm. Between innings, the crew can sweep the snow off the foul lines, like they do in a football game to make the yard lines visible. Then, and only then, as Game 7 is decided in 20 degree weather and the players are treated for frostbite, maybe Bud Selig and his fellow greedy idiot owners will see how absurd the current season schedule is. Instead, they're talking about expanding the playoffs! Game 7 on Thanksgiving!
     
  15. russdog

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    Not true.
    There used to be a "Fairness Doctrine" that required various means of showing both sides.
    However, Reagan killed that a long time ago. Which is why Some Networks can be 1-sided in their coverage.
    But when it comes to selling ads to candidates, they can't sell to one without being willing to sell to the other one too.

    In the case of the WS, the decision was *not* Obama's, no way he could force FOX to do it. The decision was 100% FOX's.
    Obama had purchased time on other networks. FOX decided they wanted to get a paycheck too. Nobody made them do it.
     
  16. jjohns

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    Of course.
     
  17. fluffybear

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    Peachtree...
    Networks and locals can not discriminate and carry only one candidates political ads. Stations and networks do have the right to pick and choose what they carry but they must be fair to both sides.

    TV's in my house will dark during that infommercial and the time spent reading my children a second bedtime story.
     
  18. Ken S

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    Every single baseball game is delayed for commercials. Why do you think they start at :05 after the hour or half hour? By the way do you really think this has set a precedent for commercials controlling start times of televised events? C'mon...the networks in the name of advertising have moved start times for years. Wasn't that long ago that the World Series was played only during the day.

    The Super Bowl has an extended halftime...do you think that was done to ogle Janet Jackson or jam in a few more commercial breaks?

    If it makes you feel better just consider the new start time the official start time and the game won't be delayed.

    I can see complaining if the game was stopped in the middle to play the commercial, but moving the start time isn't noticeable especially when you consider the pregame stuff, commercials, introductions.

    Most importantly none of this matters as the Rays will have already won the World Series so the only program bumped will be some other Fox drivel.
     
  19. mx6bfast

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    Delray...
    That would be different in watching the informercial by......

    :D

    I guess there might be some silver lining in this, hopefully they wont air any ads during commercials.
     
  20. DruTheFu

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    if you don't like it, don't press the play button
     

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